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This was one of our favourite places in the whole of America!! The way there was really pretty.. a lot of views! We stopped at one point to take a photo and on our way to the view point we saw Hugh Dennis!!! ahhhh!! (If you dont know who it is.. the comedian.. and he plays the Dad in Outnumbered!) .. we stopped and had a long chat with him! He was …
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We were tired and hungry when we arrived, so …
The last morning in San Francisco was quite early; knowing that we had another long day ahead of us. The weather was fantastic, with the sun shining - and of course the coast line drive along Big Sur area. The drive is all along the coast and really picturesque. We stopped off at Carmel, a beautiful small town along the coast where the rich go and …
... snakes it has lots to do. There are also horses and trail rides, covered wagons to sleep in or a teepee or little cabins.
Wifi was only available in the Adult Clubhouse and I wasn't able to get on at all (hence the writing of this entry some days later). Denis was however able to get on so we checked in with the girls. After chatting with them, we felt we would head straight down the next day-- had been considering ...
... him our empty coke tins and water bottles for recycling and eventually moved on. We hadn't booked our next hotel......big mistake......huge (little quip from Pretty Woman for those who are in tune with us being in LA) we drove a few hours north to Santa Barbara to find that there was no room at the inn and even if there was we couldn't afford it. Following a bright star we drove further north into the home of split pea soup and freezing cement ponds, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harbor View Inn Santa Barbara
Delighted with our room
We booked a King Bed Ocean View Room which had a balcony overlooking the sea and the pier. The room also had beautiful furniture, lots of room and an absolutely stunning bathroom including a bath with room for two! Santa Barbara is a fun place and feels like a mix between a university town and seaside resort - which is eaxctly what it is. We had a few drinks in some lovely bars and a great meal outside on a heated patio at Zelu. Apparently there are lots of places to dance later if that is your thing but there is a distinct difference between the dinner scene and the club scene - so something for everyone.
Stayed a weekend here. I read all the great reviews, thought we'd stay based on them. I had great expectations.First, maybe this clouds my thoughts: it rained or was totally overcast for 36 hours of our weekend.We checked in...nice front desk personnel.Went to our room, which was only accessible by an staircase and we got totally drenched lugging our bags upstairs. Room was nice...decently furnishedand laid out. No mini-bar ( but empty refrigerator provided).The bed proved to be rock hard...the pillows some type of fiber or foam. No the kind of bed and bedding you'd expect in a $300/nite hotel room. There was two bath towels provided and two hand towels. Also not what you'd expect from a $300/night hotel.The 'workout room" was basically just that...a room, with a few pieces of low end non-workout equipment.The pool area looked nice, but because of the weather we couldn't use. The proximity to the beach and the pier was nice, except for the traffic along Cabrillo Blvd. The streets in Old Town at State street were closedbecause of street 'beautification' which made getting around downtown a pain in the neck, and the intersection at Cabrillo and state was a 4 way stop...with traffic backed up on Cabrillo.To top it off, some group used the beach fromt on Sunday morning for a rally of sorts. There was a live elctrical band tuning up at 8:30am and playing songs at 9am. Not the quiet restful Sunday moring I was expecting.Perhaps, in the summer and in good weather the location is good. However, this hotel is not worth its $300 per nite they charge for weekends.
Just returned from the Harbor View in Jan 03. 2nd time at this facility and it is wonderful. The help is extremely friendly, the rooms and bathrooms grand and immaculant. The restaurant next door is yummy too! "Eladios"
You can not beat the location either.
Loved the ambiance
In Santa Barbara for a wedding July 02.
Very low key ambiance-extremely well maintained with a great view water and mountains. Would love to return
Relaxing and Fun
Taking a week-end road trip we found this wonderul hotel. Staff was nice, rooms were beautiful and it made for a very relaxing stay. In fact were headed back again this week-end for another stay.
Fantastic for families!
This hotel is the only place (if you ask me) to stay in Santa Barbara. My husband and I have two small boys, and we all loved having a deck that opened out onto the fully fenced, fully and gorgeously landscaped grounds. They also have a separate kids' pool, and beautiful rooms. And the beach, of course, is right across the street. This place was a bit pricey for us, but worth every single penny.
Location, Location, Location
This was a great hotel that is located right across from the Pier at State Street. The view is very nice from the rooms on the second and third floors and the first floor rooms in the main quad open to a very nice courtyard with pool and grassy area (good for kids). Staff was very courteous and helpful. All of the hotels are pretty expensive in Santa Barbara, so make sure you pick a winner. The Harbor View Inn is a winner! If you can afford it, pay the extra for an ocean view.
The room was spacious and the decor was nice. Our bathroom was very nice, (loved the shower)! Good location with the beach right across the street. Eladio's the restaurant was very good. I would highly recommend this place and will stay here again.
One terrific hotel!
We just happened upon this hotel and were so happy we did. It is situated just across the street from the pier. Our room was just spectacular and the pool was wonderful. It was wonderful. I would recommend it highly.
Perfect Peace by the Pier
We were so surprised at this hotel. It both surprised and delighted us. The hotel is perfectly placed, just across the street from the Santa Barbara pier, which is wonderful to walk early in the morning, has the art shows, etc. You are also very close to State Street where all the activity is. The trolley stops just across the street near the pier. But the hotel.... was wonderful. Our room was spacious, and very nicely appointed, with large sliding doors out to the patio and a view of the pool. We also had our private terrace with 2 lounge chairs to sun on. The hotel was very professionally run, things arrived as soon as we called, extra towels, etc. The staff was very nice, and the hotel is spotless and very elegant. I can't wait to go back.